45 Cheap Date Ideas for College Students

45 Cheap Date Ideas for College Students

Because Netflix and food can become boring.

Dating in college is fun and unique. No curfews. No one telling you what to do or where to be. No bills to pay. No children to take care of. No full-time jobs. Ultimate freedom. The whole world is available to explore. Yet, most couples choose Netflix/movies and food for dates. Out of all the possibilities you chose staring at a screen for hours? When you could be out exploring new places, having fun, challenging yourself, making memories. Granted money can be an issue when dating in college because, let's face it, we are all broke.

However, being broke does not limit the fun you can have while dating in college. It just makes you more creative. Therefore, I compiled a list of dates that are inexpensive and fun.

  1. Challenge each other to a game or teach each other a new sport in the campus gym.
  2. Cheer on your sports team.
  3. Workout together.
  4. Prank mutual friends.
  5. Take a hike.
  6. Make a scavenger hunt with places around campus.
  7. Play games in the game room.
  8. Create your own versions of various games. Normal billiards and ping pong become boring after awhile.
  9. Climb a tree.
  10. Go kayaking or canoeing. Ernies Livery in Masslion or Stark Parks are my favorite places.
  11. Find a local river or lake and go swimming.
  12. Join a campus group together.
  13. Go on a bike ride. At Stark County Libraries you can rent bikes for free! Check it out here!
  14. Have a picnic.
  15. Go on a drive around town and see where you end up.
  16. Gather a group and go to laser quest.
  17. Go to a park at night and play on the playground equipment.
  18. Go bowling.
  19. Go roller skating.
  20. Do an art/ craft project.
  21. Go hear a speaker on campus.
  22. Go to a performance (dance, theatre, music) on campus.
  23. Go apple/ fruit picking.
  24. Watch the sunset or sunrise.
  25. Lay out a blanket and stargaze.
  26. Go to Costco/ SAMs Club/ Trader Joes and eat all their samples.
  27. Go thrift shopping and see who can find the best and worst outfit.
  28. Go to a pottery place and make or paint pottery.
  29. Throw a frisbee or baseball on campus or at a park.
  30. Get coffee at a local coffee shop. Muggswigs and 4 Kids Coffee beat Starbucks any day.
  31. Walk around and explore town.
  32. Cook a meal.
  33. Have blind taste tests of different foods and drinks.
  34. Play bigger better (trade up) either solo or with a team. Bigger better is a game where you start with an insignificant item like a dime and go to a house/dorm and if they would be willing to trade items. Your goal is to get something bigger and better than what you started off with. Then you go to the next house/dorm and this continues for a designated amount of time. Whoever has the biggest best item at the end wins.
  35. Karaoke!
  36. Volunteer together.
  37. Dress up and have a photo shoot.
  38. Check out www.thefirstrendezvous.com — it's a business a friend of mine started to help guys on their first dates. It seems pretty cool
  39. Groups on campus have different off-campus events, so join them! My boyfriend and I went snow tubing with the international club for cheaper than had we planned to go on our own. Plus, everything is already planned.
  40. Simply talk to each other all night.
  41. Mini-golf
  42. Vlog! Either your life or your friends.
  43. Group/Double dates.
  44. Attempt to break dumb world records.
  45. Netflix. I know this list is about what to do instead of Netflix, but sometimes, after a long day of doing other things you just want to relax and enjoy each other's presence.

Dating in college in easy because you are in such close proximity to each other with limited distractions (other than school of course.)

Spending time with your significant other should be fun, exciting, and inexpensive.

I hope this helped! Have any more ideas? Please comment them below.

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We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

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16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

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To The Boy I’ve Been Dating Since I Was 15, I Always Knew You Were My Forever

Thank you for showing me love when I thought I didn't deserve any.


Hey you,

People assumed our "fling" would only last a few short months. It's what everyone assumes when your first love happens during your sophomore year of high school. Yet here we stand, three and a half years later, more together than we've ever been. Although we've had our ups and downs, we still managed to keep our relationship going and to remember why we're together in the first place.

Many say loving isn't easy, but you make it a walk in the park.

You respect me in more ways than one, and you make me feel beautiful, inside and out. For a long time, I never noticed the beauty and strength I have within myself. I didn't see what others would point out to me, and at times I still find it hard to acknowledge my worth. However, you came into my life at a time when I felt I had no one, and you helped me to see all I have to offer. You helped me to open my mind to the thought of loving myself for who I am, and although the road is long and I'm not completely there, you've made me see how worthy of love I truly am.

Having you as my best friend, along with being my boyfriend, is the most rewarding feeling in the world.

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Thank you for pulling me out of the darkness. Today, tomorrow, and always.

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